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Fashion is all about looking forward, but ironically, the next-best-thing brings us back to our roots: Africa. That’s right, put a hold on your French and Italian couture, the up-and-coming trend is both exotic and exuberant and praises the very nature of Africa. Among the few fashion houses to come out of the Dark Continent, such as Black Coffee, Tiffany Amber, and Clive Rundle, the most notable, and our favorite, is the beautiful Deola Salgoe. The talented Nigerian said goodbye to her home and pursued her dreams through the tough economic adversities that Africa presented, completing her Master’s degree in Finance and Management here at the University of Miami(!!!) of all places!
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A passionate philanthropist and representative for the United Nations World Food Program, Salgoe began campaigning for “Catwalk the World: Fashion for Food” in 2006 to raise funds in the hopes of cutting the number of hungry people in half by 2015. The jaw-dropping clothes inspire nothing but awe, for they juxtapose colors and patterns unheard of in much of western fashion. The colors too, vibrant and exotic, yet crude and extravagant, are completely unique to the continent. Not only does Salgoe control these intricacies with superior artistry, but she also is well versed in classic craftsmanship that can be seen in her structured jackets. Africa is going to turn out some fantastic, fresh designers in the next few years, designers that will embrace the extensive styles that blossom in the imprecise, but magnificent landscape that is Africa.
Photographs courtesy of elle.com/southafrica